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'Tea Party' Tax Protests Held In San Diego

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Republican-led protests against tax increases and more government regulations will be held around San Diego County today in connection with the nationwide "Tea Party" movement.

As residents scramble to mail their tax returns to meet today's filing deadline, protests will be held outside post offices in San Diego, El Cajon and Ramona, according to the Republican Party of San Diego County.

Local "Tax Revolt 2009" events are also planned at Oceanside City Hall and in Escondido, according to the local GOP.

Organizers say "Tax Day Tea Party" events are planned today in 2,040 cities nationwide. They hope to set a record for the largest-ever multi-city demonstration.

The national Tea Party events -- fueled by conservative commentators at Fox News and through social networking Web sites -- are being held to protest the Obama administration's economic stimulus moves and budget proposal.

Organizers contend the administration's budget will lead to record deficits, higher taxes and slower economic growth.

Opponents of the Tea Party events say Obama's policies would only raise taxes on the richest Americans, while giving tax breaks to the middle class. They also point out that the record national deficits began under the Republican-led Bush administration. Polls have also shown the bulk of Americans support Obama's policies.

The Tea Party movement takes its name from both the acronym for Taxed Enough Already and the Boston Tea Party in 1773, when a group of colonists boarded ships and dumped tea into Boston Harbor to protest taxation without representation.

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